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2019: Buhari Wants to Cripple Atiku’s Businesses—Group

**Blasts President Over Termination of Atiku Firm’s Deal with NPA

By Dipo Olowookere

A group known as Democracy Coalition has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over the cancelation of a deal signed between the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and a firm belonging to former Vice President, Mr Atiku Abubakar, Intels.

In a statement issued yesterday by the National Coordinator of Democracy Coalition, Mr Michael Williams, the group accused the President of witch-hunting those he feels might stop his return to Aso Rock for the second time in 2019.

The coalition alleged that the Mr Buhari administration’s “witch-hunting policy” led to the “termination of the boat pilotage monitoring and supervision contract Atiku’s company Intels had with the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) because of Atiku’s interest in contesting the 2019 presidential

election against the rumoured re-election bid of the President.”

It said, “There is no doubt that the move is part of the wider conspiracy to attack and cripple the business interest of the former Vice President who is also the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria.

“To say the least, the terminated contract is an open admittance by the failed Buhari government that Atiku’s Presidency is inevitable come 2019.

“Anybody fooling himself with an overdose of cocaine syrup and is thinking that Atiku will go broke and back out of the 2019 Presidential race is only suffering from the placebo effect of the drug.

“With the $25 billion contract scandal in the NNPC and with the massive corrupt practices going on in the failed Buhari Government, the ailing President Buhari has shown that his much trumpeted fight against corruption by this draconian and clueless regime is nothing but a hoax.

“With the latest clampdown on one of the multinational businesses in Nigeria, the failed Buhari government has demonstrated once again that he hates domestic and foreign investments in the country. What this action means is that under Buhari, investments are not safe in Nigeria.”

The group said further in the statement that, “Donald Trump ran for President against Barrack Obama’s anointed candidate in 2016 but Obama did not go against his business interest.

“Hence, the latest move against Atiku by President Buhari has really emboldened Nigerians to rally round Atiku and support him to become their President in 2019.

“Therefore, we are asking the ailing President Buhari to start writing his hand-over note because Atiku’s Inauguration on May 29, 2019 as Nigeria’s new President has become inevitable.”

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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